PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – The mother of Pennsylvania twins who child welfare caseworkers haven’t been able to locate for more than 10 years must have a mental health evaluation before she faces a preliminary hearing on charges she’s endangered the children and obstructed efforts to find them.

A district judge postponed Monday’s hearing and ordered 47-year-old Patricia Fowler to have the evaluation before the rescheduled hearing Sept. 12. The Penn Hills woman and her public defender declined comment afterward.

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Police say when they questioned her about the location of the twins, she gave multiple stories: that they were with a friend, that they were living with a relative in South Carolina, and then told police she sold them for $2,000 a piece several years ago.

The stories haven’t checked out and police aren’t sure where the twins are. They would be 17 years old today.

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“Ten years, it’s almost like a cold case investigation, if you will, and we’re not getting information from the person who would have it, if you will,” said Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton.

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Her son, 18-year-old Datwon Fowler, is charged with pretending to be one of the twins and last week, sending a text message to police saying they’re OK. He’s jailed, faces a hearing Aug. 29, and doesn’t have an attorney listed in court records.

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